dao

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

  1. From the pinyin romanization of Chinese (Dào, literally the Way) or (dào, "circuit").
  2. From the pinyin romanization of Chinese (dāo, literally single-edged blade)

Proper noun[edit]

dao

  1. (Chinese philosophy) Alternative form of Tao: the way of nature and/or the ideal way to live one's life.

Noun[edit]

dao (usually uncountable, plural daos)

  1. (historical) Synonym of circuit: various administrative divisions of imperial and early Republican China.
  2. A Chinese sword with a curved, single-edged blade, primarily used for slashing and chopping

Etymology 2[edit]

From Tagalog or Cebuano dao.

Noun[edit]

dao (plural daos)

  1. Dracontomelon dao; a large tree of the family Anacardiaceae; the argus pheasant tree.
  2. The hard strong wood of the dao used for veneers and cabinetwork.

Anagrams[edit]


Cebuano[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: da‧o

Noun[edit]

dao

  1. dao (Dracontomelon dao)
  2. the edible fruit of this tree
  3. the wood from this tree

Limburgish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

dao

  1. there

Synonyms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

dao

  1. for that reason

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

dao

  1. Nonstandard spelling of dāo.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of dáo.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of dǎo.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of dào.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Tagalog[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare Cebuano dao, Kapampangan dau and Indonesian dahu.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /daʔˈo/
  • Hyphenation: da‧o

Noun[edit]

dao

  1. dao (Dracontomelon dao)

Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Vietic *-taːw, a non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (“knife”; SV: đao). Compare North Central Vietnamese đao.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(classifier con) dao (, , )

  1. knife

Derived terms[edit]